DOWNINGTOWN (September 28) – Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin recently joined state Senator Andy Dinniman to tour economic development projects and businesses in Chester County.

Dinniman and Davin met with Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell, Borough Council President Chip Gazzero, and staff and members of the Executive Committee of the Downingtown Main Street Association to discuss ongoing and upcoming transportation and economic revitalization projects in the borough.

Pictured (from left to right): Hank Hamilton of the Board of Directors of the Downingtown Main Street Association; Bruce Mowday of the Board of Directors of Downingtown Main Street Association; Chip Gazzerro, Borough Council President; Mayor Josh Maxwell; Secretary Davin; Adrian Martinez, President of the Downingtown Main Street Association; Steven Plaugher, Main Street Manager, Downingtown Main Street Association; Senator Dinniman; and Borough Manager Steve Sullins.

Pictured (from left to right): Hank Hamilton of the Board of Directors of the Downingtown Main Street Association; Bruce Mowday of the Board of Directors of Downingtown Main Street Association; Chip Gazzerro, Borough Council President; Mayor Josh Maxwell; Secretary Davin; Adrian Martinez, President of the Downingtown Main Street Association; Steven Plaugher, Main Street Manager, Downingtown Main Street Association; Senator Dinniman; and Borough Manager Steve Sullins.

At the meeting officials discussed plans for the new Downingtown Train Station, which is slated to be located downtown at the intersection of Route 322 and Boot Road. Borough officials envision the new train station being part of a comprehensive redevelopment of downtown Downingtown that provides better amenities for the more than 60,000 riders that use the existing station each year.

 

In addition, officials discussed other related projects, as well as the redevelopment of Mill Alley and streetscape, lighting and pedestrian improvements to the Armor Alley Pocket Plaza.

 

“Our aim is to integrate each of our communities economically with improvements to transportation infrastructure,” Dinniman said. “And here in Downingtown we have a devoted group of residents, business owners and supporters who are committed to making that a reality.”

 

Downingtown officials thanked Dinniman for his continued leadership and support of the borough’s revitalization in Harrisburg.

 

“We appreciate Senator Dinniman’s continued support,” Adrian Martinez, President of the Downingtown Main Street Association, said. “He is always available, accessible and supportive of our work here in Downingtown.”

 

Mayor Maxwelll said he appreciated the opportunity to not only bring Secretary Davin up to speed on what is happening in Downingtown, but also to show him firsthand the enormous potential the borough has for economic and job growth as a regional rail center.

 

“It was great to share our vision of the ongoing revitalization of Downingtown with Senator Dinniman and Secretary Davin,” Maxwell said. “We are working on bringing projects here that benefit both residents and those in the surrounding area who enjoy excellent shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities.”

 

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Pictured (from left to right) Bob Beggs, Executive Director of Good Works; Secretary Davin; and Senator Dinniman.

In Downingtown, Davin and Dinniman also had the opportunity to meet with Bob Beggs, director of the nonprofit organization Good Works, to discuss the group’s efforts to serve low-income residents in need of home repairs and upgrades.

Next Dinniman and Davin visited the headquarters of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) to meet with Chairman and CEO Jerry Parsons, President and COO Leo Parsons, and senior officials about the company’s plans to build a massive, state-of-the-art customer service center in the Coatesville area.

The proposed Highlands Corporate Center, a 500,000 square-foot-facility eyed for development off the Route 30 Bypass in Valley Township, would employ hundreds of staff members.

 

Dinniman and Secretary Davin discussed ways the Commonwealth could support the project in order to encourage CTDI to continue to look at Pennsylvania to meet the demands of its business and job growth.

 

“The bottom line is the more successful you are, the more successful the state is and the more job opportunities we have available in Chester County and Pennsylvania,” Dinniman told CTDI officials.

 

Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman, CTDI COO Leo Parsons, CTDI CEO Jerry Parsons, Secretary Davin, and state Rep. Harry Lewis.

Senator Dinniman recently visited CTDI with Pennsylvania DCED Secretary Dennis Davin to discuss potential economic development projects. While there, Senator Dinniman presented CTDI officials with a Senate citation recognizing the company’s 40th anniversary. Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman, CTDI COO Leo Parsons, CTDI CEO Jerry Parsons, Secretary Davin, and state Rep. Harry Lewis.

Dinniman also commended CTDI for its strong culture of giving back to the community through support of organizations like the United Way and the Lord’s Pantry, as well as local Catholic schools like Bishop Shanahan.

 

Both Jerry and Leo Parsons thanked Senator Dinniman for his role in facilitating the meeting and his continued support of CTDI.

CTDI is proud of our heritage as a Pennsylvania-based family-owned global business with a 40 year history of growth and job creation within the state. We are encouraged by the Commonwealth’s commitment to support our project which will enable CTDI to expand our business and increase jobs in Chester County,” Jerry Parsons said.

“CTDI is excited about the opportunity to build a new state-of-the-art, world-class, technical service operation in Valley Township. This new facility will enable CTDI to compete and win in today’s competitive global marketplace,” Leo Parsons said.

Dinniman and Davin rounded out the day with a visit to Cerner Corporation in Malvern to discuss opportunities for the health care information technology company to continue to grow in Chester County.

Cerner, which earlier this year acquired Siemens Health Services, currently has a workforce of more than 1,500 employees at its Malvern campus and is considering expanding in the area.

“We greatly appreciate the warm welcome we have received from leaders across the region and Commonwealth. The Malvern campus represents a new best in class center of excellence for strategy, services, and innovation. We are committed to the Malvern Campus, and expect staffing levels to increase as we identify growth strategies and opportunities,” said Dick Flanigan, Cerner President.

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